Contrary to their name, green beans are not actually beans. But, they aren’t vegetables either. Green beans are fruits and legumes. How crazy is that? Does it feel like your whole life is a lie now? You’re not alone. But, who really cares about this classification—what’s important is how delicious and healthy green beans are. They have so many nutrients and are a great legume to throw into various recipes: stir-fry, casserole, curry, and so much more! Green bean recipes are infinite and so are the recipes that don’t have green beans, but would be great with the addition! If you need some inspiration, try out some of these green bean recipes — you’ll love them!
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1. Blistered Green Beans with Preserved Lemon and Parsley
These Blistered Green Beans with Preserved Lemon and Parsley by Claire Ragozzino make an amazing side for your holiday meal, or for any meal for that matter! Not your basic boring green beans, with the crispy blistered texture and the pop of flavor from the preserved lemon – this dish is sure to impress any guest!
2. Pumpkin Lentil Soup
Source: Pumpkin Lentil Soup
3. Tofu Green Bean Stir Fry
Source: Tofu Green Bean Stir Fry
This Tofu Green Bean Stir Fry by Raymund Macaalay is a veganized version of a classic Filipino recipe. It’s one of those easy, go-to recipes that is both healthy and nutritious. Instead of meat, this Tofu Green Bean Stir Fry uses a crispy deep-fried tofu. It is flavored it with some peanut butter and maple syrup, resulting an amazing dish!
4. Green Bean Mushroom Casserole
Source: Green Bean Mushroom Casserole
An awesome dish if prepared correctly! The most important thing when preparing this Green Bean Mushroom Casserole by Mitra Shirmohammadi is not to overcook the beans. They tend to lose their beautiful green color and get brown and mushy when overcooked. To add more texture, try topping the casserole with caramelized onions mixed with sesame seeds and chopped cashews.
5. Grilled Vegetables with Balsamic and Basil
6. Green Bean, Potato, and Carrot Stew
If you’re looking for comfort food, this Green Bean, Potato, and Carrot Stew by Alenoosh Matakupan fits the bill! Packed with fresh-cooked green beans, tender potatoes, and carrots in a savory tomato broth. It’s warmed by the addition of curry powder and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Once you make this recipe, you’ll be hooked.
7. Dilly Green Bean Sauté
Source: Dilly Green Bean Sauté
This Dilly Green Bean Sauté by Molly Patrick is a wonderful side to accompany any main dish! It’s going to be a staple recipe you come back to time and time again – one bite and you’ll want it with every meal.
8. Roasted Beetroot, Broccoli and Green Bean Salad
A deliciously bold salad full of crimson beetroot goodness, greens and healthy fats. Taryn Fitz-Gerald‘s Roasted Beetroot, Broccoli and Green Bean Salad is a perfectly balanced meal that is full of nutritional benefits.
9. Turkish Stewed Green Beans
Source: Turkish Stewed Green Beans
This traditional Turkish bean dish is known as “fasulye” in the country’s native tongue. For this simple recipe, simmer some green beans, tomatoes, and a few other ingredients together and then enjoy the spectacular results. Don’t let its simplicity fool you, these Turkish Stewed Green Beans by Michael and Masa Ofei are extremely versatile and can be served as the main course or as an exciting side dish.
10. Broccoli, Green Bean, and Tofu Stir-fry
This Broccoli, Green Bean, and Tofu Stir-fry by The Meatless Monday Family Cookbook, Jenn Sebestyen is so fresh and crisp. There are no mushy veggies here! The sauce makes just enough to coat the veggies, but not drown them. Broccoli and green beans are two of the vegetables that some kids happily eat time and time again, but you can swap in zucchini or asparagus if desired. You could serve this stir-fry over rice, but sometimes, it’s nice to step away from the grains for a moment and let the vegetables really shine on their own.
11. Sweet and Sour Green Beans
Source: Sweet and Sour Green Beans
Blanch these green beans before searing them in the cast-iron skillet. The resulting texture is perfectly tender, caramelized, and delicious. Tamarind is a sweet-and-sour root commonly used in cuisines around the world, especially those known for their regional curries. Pungent sage—a medicinal herb whose literal meaning is “saved”—has been linked to mental clarity. Paired with earthy hazelnuts, this dish is proper eating—and nothing short of magic. You have to try these Sweet and Sour Green Beans by Clean Enough: Get Back to Basics and Leave Room for Dessert, Katzie Guy-Hamilton!
12. Fermented Vegetable Medley
Source: Fermented Vegetable Medley
Looking to get in some naturally provided probiotics? You came to the right recipe! This Fermented Vegetable Medley recipe by Daniela Modesto could use lots of different vegetables, but this combination is the one that will definitely work well.
13. Cranberry Almond Green Beans
Source: Cranberry Almond Green Beans
Usually, a green bean recipe is not a fancy one, but these Cranberry Almond Green Beans by Gina Hoskins be an exception. This recipe is a healthy take on the traditional green bean casserole. It will be a perfect, modern side dish this holiday season. The added almonds give the classic ingredients an extra nice crunch.
14. Green Bean Casserole Pizza
Source: Green Bean Casserole Pizza
You can prepare the topping and crust ahead of time – but wait to assemble them until guests arrive, or until you’re at your final cooking destination. This Green Bean Casserole Pizza by Natalie Slater is such a crowd-pleaser!
15. Poblano and Veggie Bacon Green Bean Skillet Casserole
This Poblano and Veggie Bacon Green Bean Skillet Casserole by Hannah Teson is the perfect side to any holiday meal. The aspect of this dish that makes it so stellar and so perfect is the homemade Japanese-inspired vegan cream of mushroom soup. It may sound a little strange, but the Asian ingredients give the bulk of this dish a depth that is absolutely delicious. This is a truly comforting casserole that people will love to eat. It’s deep and rich, and creamy yet crunchy. It’s incredible. No one is going to be able to pull out those Japanese ingredients, but they will be able to tell that this dish is well-rounded in flavor.
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